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90s Reinvented I Fall from stardom to revival in Ashram, how Bobby Deol took charge of his career

Updated on: 26 January,2024 02:53 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Written by: Athulya Nambiar | athulya.nambiar@mid-day.com

90s Reinvented I Bobby Deol made his acting debut in 1995 and years later faced a lull in his career. However, he came back stronger and proved his mettle as an actor with projects like Ashram, Class of 83 and now Animal

90s Reinvented I Fall from stardom to revival in Ashram, how Bobby Deol took charge of his career

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90s Reinvented I Bobby Deol has left all amazed with his act as Abrar in Sandeep Reddy Vanga's film 'Animal'. The film which was released on December 1 also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Rashmika Mandanna. At the pre-release event of the film in Hyderabad, co-star Anil Kapoor said that this film will change Bobby Deol's life and he will be the next superstar. And he sure was not lying! With a role of just 15 minutes and no dialogues, Bobby Deol has made a lasting impression.


Bobby made his film acting debut in 1995 with the 'Barsaat'. He essayed the role of Badal opposite Twinkle Khanna. At the time, his father Dharmendra and brother Sunny Deol were massive stars. While Bobby amassed a massive fan following and became a heartthrob with subsequent films like 'Gupt', 'Bicchoo', 'Soldier', 'Chor' Machaaye Shor', 'Tango Charlie' and others, he never achieved the same kind of success as Dharmendra and Sunny. 


While he went on to star in several films over the years till 2013, the ones that worked well were all multi-starrers. Solo leads of the actor, by and large, failed to impress at the box office.


"Stardom doesn’t last too long. I was a star once, and it died, it vanished. No one took me seriously as an actor. I knew I had the potential, and the capabilities but nobody had given me an opportunity. I had chosen work which didn’t work for me so things went the other way around. So, I tried working on that and worked on myself as an actor,” he had said in a recent interview with Hindustan Times opening up about the time he did not have work. 

It was with Salman Khan-starrer Race 3 that Bobby Deol was seen in a completely new light. While the film received mixed reviews, Bobby Deol's efforts in transforming himself did not go unnoticed. In 2020, when the concept of web series was fairly new, Bobby Deol took up the challenge of portraying a Godman in the show Ashram. Bobby's performances and the show was heavily praised. The show has three seasons and the fourth season has been greenlit. He then shone with his performance in 'Class of 83' and 'Love Hostel'. 

In his recent appearance on 'Koffee With Karan 8' with brother Sunny Deol, Bobby spoke about the low phase in his life. "I gave up, I started pitying myself. I just took on drinking a lot, I was sitting at home. I used to keep cursing and saying, why don't people take me? I am good, why don't they want to work with me? I think I became so negative about everything, that there was no positiveness coming from me. I used to sit at home, my wife works," he said. 

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